I purchased this Rou Gui from Jing tea shop along with several other teas, two of which I have already examined.
The dry leaf smells quite good; very floral with hints of honey and cream.
The first infusion's aroma has some nice orange zest to it, which is, I suppose, unexpected.
The taste is decent. It is floral with a cooling, oily texture.
As the liquor cools, cassia is found.
The second infusion is flat tasting. There is no complexity. The orange zest is noted first and the aftertaste resembles rosemary.
The third infusion is dull as well. There is no flavor up front.
Texture is the only intriguing element to this tea.
A weak vegetal aftertaste comes forth.
The forth infusion (which I pushed a little harder to get SOMETHING from this tea) was strongly citrus.
There is nothing more. The tea makes me feel incomplete.
Ten minutes later the aftertaste got to me. I am not quite sure how to put it into words, but it was not pleasing.
To cure the incomplete feeling as well as banish the aftertaste, a matcha latte was mixed.
-Matcha and water
With my taste buds enveloped in this wonderful beverage, I feel whole again.
I am usually not to critical on a tea and in truth I feel a bit bad about giving the Rou Gui a hard time, but my palate speaks its own words.
Edit: Just mug brewed the Rou Gui today (April 27) and it is a bit more enjoyable, but I just do not enjoy the flavor profile of this tea.
Adapt your brewing to the tea
8 hours ago